Book 4, A Bleeding Stars Novel
A. L. Jackson
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Stay, A Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel.
She is his strength and he is her weakness. And this time he won’t let her go.
Edie Evans is gorgeous.
She’s also the definition of off-limits.
That didn’t stop me from sneaking into her room to comfort her at night.
But guys like me? We destroy everything, so it should have been no surprise when I destroyed us, too.
The night I sent her running, I thought I’d never see her again.
Until I saw her standing like a vision in the crowd.
Austin Stone is dangerous.
He broke my heart and I refused to give him the chance to do it again.
It’s been years since I’ve seen him, and now I can’t do anything but stare at the gorgeous, tattooed man playing onstage. I should run. I know I should. But like a fool, I run straight back to him.
Our desire is overpowering.
Our need unrelenting.
She is my hope.
He is my weakness.
We should have known a passion this intense would burn us right into the ground.
An epic love story that will sear into your soul!
I've been trying to write this review for some time now. Every word I come up with trying to describe this book for you all just doesn't seem to do it justice. It's everything... breathtaking, heartbreaking, emotional, remarkable, phenomenal.... IT'S EVERYTHING!
I couldn't wait to read Austin's story. Having only seen him as a scarred/troubled teenager who hid himself, I was really curious where his story would lead. Let me just say....I was blown away! I have been a huge fan of the Bleeding Stars series. Each time I read a new one I think there is no way AL Jackson could possibly top this, it's one of my favorite books ever! And every single time she does it again. Yeah...BLOWN AWAY!!!
This is a powerful love story of epic proportions. It's not the sappy kind, it's raw and real. That's what draws you in so deep. And it's exactly that... deep. There's turmoil and angst and tears. It's passionate and intense. It's a story of soul mates finding each other and themselves, facing their pasts, their mistakes, and overcoming the unspeakable tragedies they have endured. Healing each other.
But sometimes we repeat the past. Sometimes it's not so easy to let go and move on.
I highly recommend this read. All of AL Jackson's books are just amazing!
5 "I'll wait for you forever" Stars
5 "I'll wait for you forever" Stars
Emotional. Surprising. Raw. Passionate.
From the first word of the prologue, I was pulled into Ms. Jackson's world with her unique poetic prose. Emotion rolled off the page and wrapped me up in the fabric of her characters lives. Austin and Edie's story was both heartbreaking and yet uplifting at the same time. Their struggles and reconnection made me believe in fate and the never ending possibility of true love.
Austin, the brother of Baz the lead singer of Sunder, has suffered great tragedy in his life. He's been drifting in a sea of pain and regret for almost as long as he can remember. Finally deciding that he needs to go his own way for a while to find himself, three years pass before he knows it. He hasn't seen his brother or his friends in that long and has yet to find the peace he's long sought. Traveling and playing music in local dive bars, he runs into the last person he ever expected to see again: Edie. Before he left, he built a bond with Edie that seemed unbreakable-until he broke it, her and himself. Seeing a second chance to reconnect with the one person that understood him is a tall order, but he's determined to bridge that gap.
Edie thought she found a kindred soul in Austin. After an event in her life sent her spiraling, finding Austin seemed to be the light at the end of her dark tunnel. But just when she thought things could be good again, he goes and does the unthinkable. Running seems to her only option. Years later, after trying to bury her feelings, seeing him up on stage out of the blue is a dagger to the walls protecting her heart. As they reconnect, all those feelings come rushing back. Yet trust is a fragile thing, and she doesn't know if she has it.
I have been waiting for Austin's book since book 1 of the Bleeding Stars series. I was even a bit bummed that Lyric came first if I'm being honest. But now that I've read Austin's story, it makes perfect sense. He wasn't ready then. As his story unfolded I was pulled into the depth of his brokenness and realized that it all happened exactly as it was supposed to. His soul was shattered a long time and the mistakes he made along the way, created the splinted man he is now. But Edie was the balm he needed to work out his demons. Watching him wade through his past had me clutching my chest in agony and unabashed shock at some of the revelations. I thought I knew him, but my knowledge only scratched the surface.
Edie was a strong and resilient heroine who suffered in a way that broke me a little. The flashbacks to how her and Austin met took me on a journey I wasn't expecting but proved perfect for these two. Their connection was instantaneous and I loved the purity of it. Their story was quiet. It didn't have the more sensational conflicts that Baz or Lyric's story had, but there was a powerful intensity to their story that wound it's way around these characters. It made their stories real and it made them important.
A.L. Jackson is one of my favorite authors for a reason. Her writing. Her characters. Her story telling. Wait wasn't what I expect but it was perfect the way it was. I love these boy and am now even more anxious for Ash's story and finding that Zee's story may be the story I love the most in the end.
I absolutely loved this book!!
Wait it's the fourth book in the Bleeding Stars series. All I can say is wow! I didn't think I could love anyone more than Sebastian and then along came Lyrik and now Austin. Who would've thought such a story could unfold as this.
Austin is so broken and even with the love and support from his brother, Sebastian, he feels utterly lost and alone. He has settled into the fact that he will live with his past sins and regrets and isn't worthy. Then one day the cries from another broken and hurt soul call to him like a beacon of light. Edie, Ash's sister, is the one thing Austin never expected. These two broken teenagers found each other and began to mend their shattered hearts. Their past pain absolutely shattered my heart. Trying to protect Edie, Austin ended up hurting her more and crushing her completely causing her to run. Which in turn was what caused Austin to leave Sebastian and go "find himself."
Four years later fate brings these two back together in a firestorm of emotions. The pain, love and anguish are palpable on the pages. Edie doesn't know if she can ever let go and trust Austin again. Austin loves her and will always "wait." My heart turned to mush when Austin spoke his heart to Edie.
"I'm so f#*~ing sorry, Edie. I know I wrecked it. That I wrecked us. For the last four years, I've woken up every single day regretting it. I went to sleep wishing I could take it back. But right here.... with me....this is where you're supposed to be. Where you've always belonged."
You will be pulled in hard and won't want to let go. There's so much to their story that unfolds. I was an absolute blubbering mess at the end of this book, but my heart was completely full. Wait is most definitely five stars that were well worth the wait!!